Flexport CEO expresses some remorse in taking cash from Peter Thiel

megan (2 of 1) Remember when we found out billionaire investor Peter Thiel is in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump? At TechCrunch Shanghai 2016, Flexport CEO Ryan Peterson, who has received significant funding from Thiel, candidly spoke about his discomfort around Thiel’s backing of Trump. “I don’t know what’s going on there,” Peterson told me on stage… Read More

Uber positions its China app as more than a ride-hailing service

uber china Uber China is repositioning itself as an all-in-one solution for transportation, food and entertainment. At TechCrunch Shanghai, Uber China VP of Operations and Regional General Manager of Central China Kate Wang showed off Uber’s new vision for China — one that includes two new offerings, UberLIFE and Uber + Travel, which will roll out across China this year. All-in-one solutions… Read More

New York State Senate passes anti-Airbnb bill

Brian Chesky airbnb (6 of 6) The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would make it illegal to advertise short-term rentals (less than 30 days) for entire homes on Airbnb. Earlier today, the State Assembly passed the bill through to the State Senate. The next step in the process is for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to either sign or veto it. The bill would make it illegal to post a short-term rental… Read More

Black Caucus urges Airbnb to take reports of racism seriously

Brian Chesky airbnb (6 of 6) Airbnb has been under fire recently for some bad, racist behavior by hosts on its platform. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is urging Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to take further action in addressing the issues of racism and discrimination on Airbnb’s platform. In a letter addressed to Chesky, the CBC notes how Title II of 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in places like… Read More

Uber’s Scheduled Rides feature lets you request cars up to 30 days in advance

uber-app-ios Less than a month after Lyft launched scheduled trips, Uber is doing the same thing starting today with the worldwide roll-out of Scheduled Rides. Now, you can schedule your car 30 minutes in advance up to 30 days in advance — but only for uberX. Lyft, on the other hand, only lets you schedule rides up to 24 hours in advance. I personally don’t see when I would ever schedule a… Read More

Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Lady Gaga and  Cynthia Germanotta  launche Love Bravery Collection at Macy's Herald Square at Macy's Herald Square on May 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage) Online harassment is no good. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all people on the Internet report experiencing some form of harassment online and 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have been targeted, according to Pew Research Center. “A young person who was being bullied a few generations ago could escape the abuse by going home,” Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s… Read More

Comparably launches Glassdoor competitor that filters employee reviews by race and gender

comparably Comparably, the site that originally launched as a compensation data and culture platform, is officially getting into Glassdoor’s territory with the launch of a company employee reviews feature. Ultimately, Comparably’s goal is to provide more transparency around what it’s actually like to work at certain companies. Currently, Comparably has tens of thousands of… Read More

Anti-Reddit platform Imzy partners with Lena Dunham to build online community for Lenny Letter

TechCrunch - imzy_team_photo It’s no secret that Reddit isn’t the best place on the Internet. In fact, its name has become synonymous with hate speech, racism, sexism and other terrible things. So, maybe getting let go from Reddit was a blessing in disguise for Dan McComas, the former SVP of product at Reddit. Since leaving Reddit, McComas has built Imzy, which aims to be a platform for healthy communities… Read More

Etsy’s latest diversity report recognizes gender as a spectrum, not a binary

A mural is displayed at Etsy Inc. headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, May 4, 2015. Etsy Inc., a marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, raised $267 million in its initial public offering. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images Peer-to-peer marketplace Etsy has released its first diversity report since going public last April, showing that people who identify as women make up 50% of the leadership and management roles at the company. In 2014, women held just 37% of leadership roles at the company. What’s also notable about this report is that it represents gender in a non-binary way. As of December 2015 at… Read More

Intel CEO says leadership team has received threats for company’s stance on diversity

brian krzanich Intel is widely seen as a leader around corporate diversity in tech. But, it turns out, some Intel employees are not happy with the company’s stance on it. In fact, there’s “been a bit of a backlash within the company” and even threats made toward the company’s senior leadership team, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told Rev. Jesse Jackson on stage at the PUSHTech… Read More